Death Hymn Number 9 is a Gories/Hasil Adkins-style garage band that come pre-covered in actual goat’s blood and freak out like they got nothing left to live for, which might be why they dress like zombies. They will be playing the Lucha Lounge live Mexican wrestling show with 400 Blows and Friend Slash Lover tomorrow. This interview by Kristina Benson.
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May 6th, 2011 · 1 Comment
April 14th, 2011 · No Comments
Unlike the Thom Yorke DJ set at Low End in March, Erykah Badu’s seemed to be a secret well-kept until the few hours right before her performance. The first lady of neo-soul finally took the stage at around midnight, after sets by Nocando and Co.fee. The dance floor was packed and steamy as she played a mix of 90s hip hop and old-school R&B–Rick James’ “I Love You Mary Jane” drew a particularly good response—and contemporary hip-hop, like Dilla’s “Workingonit.”
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April 13th, 2011 · No Comments
Hang Glider is one-person band who does everything himself. The result is impressive. Grab a copy of Hang Glider to accompany an evening lounging by the Jacuzzi with your hair in a side ponytail, playing games on your vintage Atari.
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March 21st, 2011 · No Comments
Dávila 666 is a garage punk band from Puerto Rico who sing in Spanish over fuzzed-out guitars and a rollicking rhythm section. Bassist A.J. joins us to talk about the benefits of always being able to see in 3-D and the benefits of always doing what you wanna. This interview by Kristina Benson.
March 11th, 2011 · No Comments
L.A. RECORD 103 IS HERE! SXSW/COACHELLA EDITION! Our SXSW – COACHELLA spring 2011 issue is coming your way, featuring longtime L.A. RECORD favorite DAEDELUS! Interview by Lainna Fader, photography by Lauren Everett. Daedelus is a perfect Victorian gentleman who makes beautiful records about wars no one cares about, and the virtues of handmade clothing. 2011 marks [...]
March 4th, 2011 · 3 Comments
Teebs’ Ardour, out now on Brainfeeder, might be the most beautiful and delicate album released all last year. The tracks replace hard notions of narrative, chorus or verse with soundscapes wherein tones and sounds bloom and fade, smoothly transitioning from one part to the next. He speaks now about anime, time and motion. This interview by Kristina Benson.
February 25th, 2011 · 2 Comments
Looking back, you might say that brothers Bobby, Dannis and David Hackney started as a ‘proto-punk’ band, but really this is pure punk rock made years before anyone else even touched the genre. Death seem absolutely sagelike in their prescience. Bobby and Dannis speak now from a snowed-in recording studio in Vermont about Death’s upcoming visit to L.A., David Bowie, and the day disco came to town. This interview by Kristina Benson.
February 18th, 2011 · No Comments
The Black Apples use two drummers to span the gap between the Sonics at their most primitive, Dick Dale at his blistering best and the brotherly harmonies of the post-Pet Sounds Beach Boys. This record reminded me that even the Troggs liked to make pretty things sometimes.
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January 21st, 2011 · 2 Comments
DISTRO HAS BEGUN! SIDE A LACO$TE by Daiana Feuer HANNI EL KHATIB by Lainna Fader DEATH by Kristina Benson GANG OF FOUR by Lainna Fader TEEBS by Kristina Benson OFF! by Chris Ziegler TOM TOM CLUB by Daiana Feuer FORT KING by Dan Collins LUIS & THE WILDFIRES by Lainna Fader MY DRY WET MESS [...]
December 30th, 2010 · No Comments
Reading more like torture porn than a new addition to the prosopography of a famous all-girl rock ‘n’ roll band, the book consists primarily of detached and detailed recitals of traumas that include parental abandonment, rape at the age of 14, constant verbal abuse from manager Kim Fowley, a descent into drug addiction, battles with an eating disorder, and being abducted, raped and tortured by a deranged fan.